Kill Me Once...Kill Me Twice
Murder on the Queen's Playground
About the Book
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Middleton and best friend Jasmine Meens make their “trip of a lifetime” to the Queen’s “Jewel in the Atlantic,” oblivious to secrets beneath the island’s idyllic guise and to the horrors that await them on the dark side of Paradise.
Sunny days and teal surf welcome the Canadian teenagers as they roam the twenty- square miles of the seemingly pristine British territory. But on this searing July night, a full moon, an unusual storm, a cancelled cruise, absent taxis, and chance meetings end in the gruesome kidnap, rape, torture, and murder of Rebecca Middleton.
Emotions left over from long-standing racial inequities impact Becky’s case from the moment of her slaughter--especially the hangings of two black men for the murders of five white men during those racially charged 1970s--a matter many still prefer not to discuss.
Repercussions from the young Canadian tourist’s death and its investigative and judicial failures create international uproar that catches the attention of famed U.S. forensic scientists Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Henry Lee.
During an inquiry brought about by a tourist boycott of Bermuda, advocate LeYoni Junos exposes truths behind this tangled web of deceit. But it won't be long before LeYoni Junos suffers those consequences typically experienced by those who fail to “lie in the tide.”
Then, almost eight years after Rebecca’s murder, the case catches the attention of British human rights lawyer Cherie Booth, QC, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who terms Bermuda’s responses “repugnant to justice." Meanwhile, despite responsibility for territories’ "good governance," Britain treads lightly.
This is a true story of murder, collusion, conspiracy, and cover-up designed to protect the secrets of privilege, and hide the poverty, violence and drugs that darken Bermuda’s tranquil pastels, a third-world setting of mysterious beauty and international influence incongruent with its size.
About the Author
Dr. Carolyn (Carol) Shuman, who holds a Ph.D. in psychology, has long held an advocacy platform, beginning with her ten-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor in the U.S., cited by the Georgia Associated Press for enterprise reporting. She also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral medicine psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce, with military and private clinical practice in Bermuda before becoming a fulltime writer in 2003.
Born in Canada three months after her English war bride mother arrived in there—raised some sixty miles from Becky’s home in Belleville, Ontario--Shuman left Canada with her parents as a child, then spent most of her adulthood in the U.S., moving to Bermuda in 1990. There she has worked with the U.S. Navy, practiced clinical psychology, writes, researches, and advocates for human rights, investigating cross cultural and other psycho-social issues.
Along with her professional writing that has encompassed more than forty years, Shuman has published a book for children to deal with the events of September eleventh and other catastrophes: Jenny Is Scared: When Sad Things Happen in the World, Magination Press (2003). Used by professionals and parents internationally, this work also has been published in Japanese and Korean.
Kill Me Once…Kill Me Twice: Murder on the Queen’s Playground is her first adult non-fiction book.